List of psychic abilities

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This is a list of alleged psychic abilities that have been attributed to real-world people. Many of these abilities are also known as extrasensory perception or sixth sense. Superhuman abilities from fiction are not included.

Notable psychic abilities[edit]

  • Apportation – Materialization, disappearance or teleportation of an object.[1]
  • Aura reading – Perception of energy fields surrounding people, places and things.[2]
  • Automatic writing – Writing produced without conscious thought.[3][page needed]
  • Astral projection or mental projection – Astral (emotional body) is an out-of-body experience in which an astral body becomes separate from the physical body. Mental projection is the mental astral body which also can project outside the physical body (djinn). [4][page needed]
  • Aerokinesis- Elemental ability to create, control and manipulate the air and wind.
  • Bilocation or multilocation – Being in multiple places at the same time.[5]
  • Clairvoyance – Perception outside the known human senses.[2]
  • Death-warning – A vision of a living person prior to their death.[6][page needed]
  • Divination – Gaining insight into a situation, most commonly through a ritual.[7][page needed]
  • Dowsing – Ability to locate water, sometimes using a tool called a dowsing rod.[8]
  • Electrokinesis - generating and controlling lightning and electricity.
  • Energy manipulation - Summoning psychic, elemental, etc. energy
  • Energy medicine – Healing with one's own empathic astral energy.[9]
  • Empath: The ability to feel others' emotional feelings or soul karmic energy feelings.
  • Exorcism - ability to rid of evil entities; usually performed by a shaman, religious authorities or priest priestess
  • Faith healing – Diagnosing or curing diseases using religious devotion.
  • Foresight- See short ways into the not-too-distant future. This ability could also be referred as "anticipation."
  • Hypnosis - To control one's mind to allow another to go into a trance or dream like state of awake awareness.
  • Levitation – Bodily levitation and flying.[10][page needed]
  • Lucid dreaming or dream manipulation - Ability to remain lucid and/or control one's dreams
  • Hydrokinesis- Manipulation and control of liquid water, and mold it into desired shapes and forms.
  • Mediumship or channeling – Communicating with spirits.[11]
  • Precognition, premonition and precognitive dreams – Perception of events before they happen.[12][page needed]
  • Psychic shield - aids in warding off entities or shadow roamers of the living, that have ill intent
  • Psychic surgery – Removal of disease within body tissue via an energetic incision that heals immediately afterwards.[13]
  • Psychokinesis or telekinesis – The ability to manipulate objects by the power of the mental body thought.[14]
  • Psychometry or psychoscopy – Obtaining information about a person or object, usually by touching or concentrating on the object or a related object. Advanced empath.[15]
  • Pyrokinesis – Manipulation of fire.[16]
  • Remote viewing – Gathering of information at a distance from the third eye.[17]
  • Retrocognition or post-cognition – Perception of past events.[18]
  • Scrying – Use of an item to view events at a distance or in the future.[19]
  • Telepathy – Mental body transfer of thoughts and words in either direction.[20]


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